Kosciuszko National Park is part of the 1.6 million hectare chain of national parks and reserves across the Australian alps. The NSW Government works with the Victorian, ACT and Australian Governments to protect this area through regional programs under the Australian Alps Memorandum of Understanding.
The park contains Australia’s highest mountains, unique glacial landscapes, and unusual assemblages of plants and animals, a number of which are found nowhere else. The park encompasses significant water catchments, the principal seasonally snow-covered region in Australia and extensive tracts of forest and woodland.
Many people have a strong attachment to Kosciuszko National Park. Local Aboriginal communities have deep cultural connections and many non-Aboriginal people have links to the land associated with previous and present uses. The park has a rich Aboriginal and European history and in some cases, the mountains, their people and their exploits have become part of Australian folklore and helped shape our national identity.
The park is one of the most popular national parks in New South Wales. Although recreational activities undertaken in the park include vehicle-based sightseeing, bushwalking, fishing, canoeing, cycling and caving, the seasonal presence of snow is a main drawcard for many visitors. In winter, the alpine resorts become the focus of visitor activities.
This plan of management has been prepared to provide a framework to guide the long-term management of the broad range of values contained in the park. It contains a suite of actions to be undertaken by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and other organisations to protect and conserve the values of the park.
These amendments should be read in conjunction with the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006):
Proposed Horse Riding in Wilderness Amendments to Plans of Management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area (2016). Public exhibition for this document was from 16 September 2016 to 31 October 2016.
These annual implementation reports are a requirement under Chapter 16 of the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006). They chart trends in the condition of the park's values and the progress of the management plan’s implementation.
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2011-2012 Implementation Report (PDF 1MB)
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2010-2011 Implementation Report (PDF 857KB)
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2009-2010 Implementation Report (PDF 632KB)
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2008-2009 Implementation Report (PDF 1.6MB)
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2007-2008 Implementation Report (PDF 903KB)
- Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) 2006-2007 Implementation Report (PDF 170KB)
Other planning documents
Future possibilities for Waste Point
Waste Point has been used as a management base since the 1950s and NPWS is considering how the area can deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for the area. A preliminary master plan, which identified possibilities to create a lakeside precinct for locals and visitors to Waste Point, was developed to explore and generate discussion about these ideas.
Public exhibition for the preliminary master plan was held from 18 July to 29 August 2017.